How To Survive Family Photos

surviving family photos surviving family photos surviving family photos surviving family photos surviving family photos surviving family photos surviving family photos Recently we decided to sign ourselves up for the event that is “family photo day”.  I often find myself browsing Facebook to find former high school friends posting the most adorable family photos with their children. They are dressed to the nines and seem to all be having the best time in the middle of a field or at a park. It’s quite hilarious to see what actually goes on behind the scenes on family photo day when you have a toddler.

We take photos all of the time for my blog, but usually all 3 of us don’t have to cooperate at the same time. We had an interesting experience with Noah on our scheduled family photo day. He literally wanted to run a marathon the entire time. The shoot was a little stressful because I was worried that we weren’t getting good photos, and Noah would scream every time we tried to pick him up. It was a tad hard to appear put together and happy like the high school friends in my newsfeed when I was being kicked in the ribs by a 27 pound screaming toddler.

Although our shoot was a bit of a mess, we ended up with some adorable photos that we will treasure forever. I also learned quite a bit during the shoot so I thought that I thought I would share some tips with you guys!

1. There’s No Such Thing As Perfect
Tantrums are going to happen & your little one will run all over the place. It’s totally normal.

2. Remain Calm
Try not to stress, because it will show on your face. In fact, I would advise drinking a mimosa beforehand if you’re into that type of thing. I probably should have taken that advice before our shoot myself, ha!

3. Dress Accordingly
Dress cute, but don’t wear something so uncomfortable that you can’t move. Stick to basic colors and avoid crazy patterns. Keeping your family in the same colors is a good idea as well.

See the rest of my tips on Mom.Me HERE


And if you’re looking for an awesome family photographer in Austin, check out Melanie Wright Photography. She was so sweet and patient with our family. She’s offering 50% off the session fee for my readers!


  1. Cheryl Shireman on June 1, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Such an adorable family even with the tantrums!!!

  2. jeeyoung on June 1, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Even with the tantrums, the pics are so cute!

  3. Kristen Kavan on June 1, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    These are so cute! I like the candid pics more than the perfectly posed. These are amazing pictures and I love your dress!

  4. candy on June 1, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Tantrums are part of family life and pictures. Your tips are wonderful.

  5. Erin on June 1, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Thank you for this post! I can’t wait to get our family photos done. I’m waiting for our son to start walking so we can get some cute pictures like yours. I’ll remember to remain calm and that not everything has to be perfect! 🙂

  6. Emma Thomson on June 2, 2016 at 3:51 am

    I’m moved by the pics.A cute baby and a happy family.

    • on June 3, 2016 at 7:37 am

      Awe thanks Emma!

  7. Melissa LaRose on June 2, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Oh my gosh, I totally can relate! We took some family photos a couple years ago and my husband thought it would be a good idea to try and cheer our son up by throwing a pile of leaves on him, it scared him so bad, he cried the rest of the shoot. Nowhere near perfect photos BUT I love the story and the pictures that came out of it!


  8. Heather Davis on June 2, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Your pictures turned out so good!

    • on June 3, 2016 at 7:37 am

      Thanks so much Heather!

  9. Emily Lowes on June 4, 2016 at 12:27 am
    You have so many pretty outfits!

  10. Tamara Goyette on June 8, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Snacks and a “baby wrangler” are a must for family photos. Having an extra set of hands to lug snacks around, and help keep the youngster happy can make all the difference.

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